Chefs Michael Friedman and Aaron Silverman follow up their smash-hit restaurants with new concepts.
The pizza at All Purpose is “Jersey-inspired Italian,” says chef Michael Friedman.
The sophomore slump plagues novelists, pop stars, and, yes, restaurateurs. But two DC chefs—Michael Friedman of The Red Hen and Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury—are diving headlong into the buzz with two of the most anticipated concepts of the year.
Together with the owners of Boundary Stone and the others behind The Red Hen, Friedman recently opened All Purpose (1250 Ninth St. NW), an Italian pizza concept, in Shaw. “The flavors are so nostalgic, but the ingredients are of such high quality,” he says. “You can’t go wrong with our mozzarella-stuffed meatballs or the calamari fritto with Calabrian chili aioli,” he says. “And, with the pizzas, they are all amazing, but I could eat the Duke #7 [a sausage and sweet pepper pizza] every day.”
Silverman is busy dishing up an equally buzzy dining experience at Pineapple and Pearls (715 Eighth St. SE). Just like at Rose’s next door, seats are hard to come by (note: advance online reservations are required), but Silverman says it’s worth the wait. His can’t-miss dishes from the constantly evolving tasting menu ($250 per person) include the white asparagus okonomiyaki, blue ribbon bone marrow, and spring vegetable egg drop soup. “I divide my time between both restaurants, but the majority is spent at Pineapple and Pearls,” Silverman says. “They are equally difficult, just in different ways. But a great team makes it much easier.”